Floor-to-ceiling windows in Blinkhorn’s living
room offer unobstructed views of the bay.
six-inch planks of pine flooring and 2-inch fir planking on the walls, shown here in a bedroom in the
guest house (center) and in Blinkhorn’s master suite (right), add to the ship-like feel of the two homes.
The architect and builder worked
together to create structures with plenty
of floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase
the unobstructed views of the water and
the nearby 2,600-acre Assawoman Bay
State Wildlife Area. The glass contains a
filter for energy efficiency and argon gas
for better insulation.
Simple forms of beams and timbers
are enhanced by overhangs, with a green
asphalt gable roof topping each building.
Today, Blinkhorn’s three-level,
1,550-square-foot house rises about 40
feet and includes three bedrooms and
2½ baths, with the top floor consisting
entirely of the master suite. The adjoining guesthouse is a similar height, but is
substantially larger at 2,600 square feet.
It offers four bedrooms and 4½ baths,
with a bunkroom on the third floor to
accommodate any spillover, and a game
room—or “fun room,” as Blinkhorn
refers to it—to keep everyone entertained on rainy days.
Each house has an open common
space, with a country-style kitchen,
dining section and living area, all with
panoramic views of the bay. The guest-
house even has a 10-foot dining table
to accommodate a crowd. The décor
in both is eclectic, consisting of unique
pieces that Blinkhorn found at roadside
antique or “junk” shops.
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want to explore the beauties of the bay.
The oceanfront beach is just four
blocks away, offering another diversion.
A lifelong Bethesda resident, Blinkhorn
uses the property every weekend in the
summer and often during the spring and
into the late fall.
Asked about the cost of constructing his waterfront compound, Blinkhorn laughs and says he has never added
it up. But the pleasure he derives from
the property is immeasurable. And he
shares it with the friends and relatives
who visit most summer weekends.
Rill and his family have been among
the visitors, with Rill also using the
guesthouse on business trips to the
Bethany Beach area. Both Rill and Zink
have carte blanche to stay anytime they
want, Blinkhorn says, “and they do.”
“I was lucky enough to get this place
25 years ago,” Blinkhorn says. “Why not
share it with my family and friends?”
He notes the serenity of the place,
even on a July Fourth weekend. “What
more could I ask for?” he wonders.
Except, perhaps, to watch another beau-
tiful sunset over the bay. ■
Lisa Braun-Kenigsberg lives in Potomac
and frequently writes for the magazine. To
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